I am a first - generation university graduate, the eldest of four siblings with parents
who instilled in me the idea that education is the key to opening an infinite number
of doors. Like most of you I did not go straight to college after high school. I took
a year off to help my family with a precarious situation; but kept the goal in mind
that after one year I was going to start college.
At the end of the year, when the situation at home returned to normal, I enrolled
at Houston Community College. I focused on my basics at first; I believe it’s the
safest path to take when you’re undecided about a major. After my first semester of
college, I started to look for a job on campus. I worked with the Student Activities
Office for two years and then had the opportunity to work in the Counseling Department
as an office clerk, while also completing my Associate in Arts and transferring to
University of Houston.
By the time I made it to UH, I was certain I wanted to pursue a career in business,
so I applied to Bauer College of Business and continued with my undergraduate degree.
But as the semesters passed and I continued working in the Counseling Department at
HCC, I was exposed to the immense number of roles an academic counselor or academic
adviser has in a student’s college experience. I had found my calling! Meanwhile,
reality kicked in, and after going over the classes I had completed and needed to
complete with an advisor at UH, I was too far along in my degree in business administration
to change majors. I graduated from UH with a BBA, but with the notion that I wanted
to pursue a career in helping others in an academic environment.
After graduation, I got the opportunity to work as an academic adviser at HCC, and
loved every minute of it. I understood the questions and doubts of every new, current
and transfer student I met. One of the many rewards of this profession is guiding
individuals and seeing the end result at their graduation ceremony.
I have been privileged to work at a two year community college and now at University
of Houston-Clear Lake, where I can continue working with students and guiding them
in achieving their academic goals.